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The Ormond Beach City Commission unanimously approved a development order and a rezoning for a new three-story storage facility at 263 S. Nova Road at its meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 21.
The 94,921 square-feet building on the 3.1 acre-site near the Whispering Oaks subdivision will feature about 780 storage units, and will preserve 32% of the existing natural areas, a city memo detailed. The property owner, Ormond Power Properties LLC, sought the rezoning from B-8 Commercial to a Planned Business Development to allow for the building to be 42-feet-tall (mainly due to the parapet walls and cornice) as well as a reduction of parking spaces.
“A low traffic generator is what we want there. We know what’s going to be built here. As a commissioner, I can’t roll the dice and then have something that has nine to 10 times the traffic generation to go there.”
Zone 4 City Commissioner Rob Littleton
The storage facility will also bring in less traffic compared to other uses allowed in B-8, such as retail and restaurants (the latter is a conditional use).
“If the desire is to save trees and to provide that natural area, then basically the height is necessary,” Planning Director Steven Spraker said.
City Commissioner Susan Persis said the storage facility will be the least bothersome development for residents that live on nearby Fernery Trail.
“It might not be my first choice of what would go there, but I think it’s going to be the least distractive to people around those streets,” she said.
New Year’s Eve crash victim dies
Carol Sanogueira, the 58-year-old woman who was injured on Dec. 31 after a vehicle struck her while crossing West Granada Boulevard by the Grind Gastropub, died at the hospital on Jan. 19, OBPD reported. No further information was released.
OBTS clarification moves forward
The City Commisson unanimously approved a comp plan amendment to clarify property owners in Ormond-by-the-Sea will not need to annex to receive utilities.
The next reading is scheduled for March 17.
Saloon seeks live music allowance
A neighborhood meeting will be held on Thursday, Jan. 23, to discuss Boot Hill Saloon Outpost’s request to allow live outdoor entertainment every weekend and during special event periods, according to the city staff report.
The meeting will be held at 5 p.m. at Boot Hill, located at 1089 N. U.S. 1.
City wins 28th award for finances
The city’s Finance Department was awarded its 28th Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada, stated the city newsletter.